Shawn Sheely

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Microsoft's surprise hit: an 84-inch pen display for the office

As Microsoft's big news day winds down, people will mostly be talking about two things: the next version of Windows, and that insane headset that lets you see holograms in your living room. If you ask me, though, one of the most impressive things the company announced was actually a giant pen …

The Future Of Wearable Technology Is In The Enterprise (At Least For Now)

The first iteration of Google Glass was a flop with consumers (almost from the beginning), most wearables ultimately go unworn, and even boosters bemoan the state of the current wearable market for consumers.<p>Amid all the gloom there’s one trillion dollar bright-spot for the wearable marketplace. …

Regular Pilots Can Now Have Superhuman Augmented Reality Fighter Pilot Vision

The startup Aero Glass now claims to be the first company to bring augmented reality to pilots. While military pilots wear augmented reality heads-up …

Lightbox Wants To Be Your Phone’s Other Lens

Say hey to a new wearable camera contending for your cash. The Ca7ch Lightbox boasts of being the smallest live-streaming wearable camera — at just 1.5 inches x 0.49 inches, and weighing in at a dainty 30 grams.<p>It also has an 8MP lens, with f2.4 aperture; records 1080p video; and has a burst mode …

Microsoft to provide drag-and-drop machine learning on Azure

Microsoft is stepping up its cloud computing game with a new service called Azure Machine Learning that users visually build and machine learning …

Sony Announces 0.23 Inch OLED Panel For Wearables

Wearable devices are becoming more and more popular, and they are expected to be the next big thing over the next few years, the Apple iWatch and the …

Gear & Gadgets

Your next smartphone could have a holographic projector inside it

If you keep hold of the phone you already own until late 2015, you may have the chance to buy a new model with a holographic projector inside. That’s …

Glyph: A Mobile Personal Theater With Built In Premium Audio

Introducing the Avegant Glyph<p>Since the beginning of personal display technology, screens have been getting smaller and closer to our eyes but with …

3 High-Tech Eyeglasses That Do Things Google Glass Can't

In the 1988 sci-fi flick <i>They Live</i>, a local drifter named John Nada stumbles upon a magic pair of sunglasses that give him the ability to see aliens. …

LittleBits' Arduino module puts the focus on programming, not wiring

Getting your feet wet with programmable hardware can be tricky; even if you're comfortable with coding, you may not want to break out the soldering iron just to build a usable device. LittleBits is aware of just how intimidating these make-it-yourself gadgets can be, so it has just launched its …

Hallelujah, there’s a $30 bluetooth module for wearables on Kickstarter

Do you own a smart watch yet? What about some smart jewelry? LED-embedded clothing that communicates with your phone? Likely you don’t, and its even …

This superthin material could help us put displays in our clothes and windshields

Scientists have created super-thin LEDs that are strong, efficient and flexible enough to be easily integrated into clothing and super portable …

Wearables Attack! Huawei Announces A Fitness Band That’s Also A Bluetooth Headset

Your fitness band got into my bluetooth headset! No, your bluetooth headset got into my fitness band! Stop! You’re both right!<p>In what I suspect will be a minor blip in the interstitial wearable world, China’s Huawei has announced a Bluetooth sports band complete with pedometer and calorie counter …

The Giant Hurdle For The Internet Of Things

Can smart devices work in harmony?<p>Everyone's talking about the Internet of Things, a proposed network of intelligent devices that could one day automate much of the world around us. HVAC and lighting systems would adjust depending on a user's whereabouts. Lawns would know when to water themselves. …

Fidelity’s Glass app keeps market information at eye level

Fidelity(s fnf), the company that manages more than $1.8 trillion in investments, has released a Google Glass app and a concept video that helps …

How We're All Going To Be Using Wearable Technology

It would be stretching a point to say that traditional tattoos are wearable technology, but in some ways there are, and the same case could be made for mobile phones. They're permanently with many of us; we 'wear' them in the same way that some of us 'wear' tattoos that were etched onto our skin by …

Wearable Tech

Sensoria’s Smart Fitness Socks Track Your Steps And Coach Your Running Style

I’ve changed running styles a bunch of times over the years, shifting from mindless heelstriking to a quasi-shuffle of my own invention to try to lower the impact of running on concrete, to (finally) proper forefooting after getting gait analysis done at a running gear shop. I can’t praise …

Five trends driving the hardware boom

<i>Editors' note: This is a guest column. See Boris Wertz's bio below.</i><p>Hardware startups have long taken a backseat to the glitz and fast track of software, which has been the path to success in Silicon Valley and tech circles elsewhere.<p>Yet today, it seems that everybody is talking about the so-called …

How Google Glass Can Evolve as a Tool for Journalists

<b>Editor’s note:</b> <i>This is a guest post by Sarah Hill, the Chief Digital Storyteller for Veterans United Home Loans. She is Hangout Host for its veteran and military issues news hub, Veterans United Network. She is also known as the first journalist to use a Google+ Hangout in a television newscast. You</i> …

Play Store redesign points to Google Glass support

Google's updated Play Store includes mention of Glass, implying that the company's headset will be managed through the store soon. Users who have linked Glass with their Google account have been seeing the device in the site's "compatible devices" list when viewing apps. The change is part of a …

Fmr. Frog Design Strategist: What We Need For Wearable Computing To Work

By Julia Kaganskiy5 minute Read<p>One of the most critical challenges the wearable computing industry will face will be one of user interface design, as …

How long until your doctor is wearing Google Glass?

Most of us wouldn’t be excited about the prospect of a camera mounted on the side of our face.<p>But then again, most of us aren’t doctors.<p>Google Glass uses augmented reality and voice activation to project data into our field of vision. And while the technology is still in its early (and annoying) …

Huggies App Sends You a Tweet Whenever Your Kid Pees in His Diaper

Today in useless marketing-driven product innovations, we have Huggies TweetPee, a little sensor dreamed up by Ogilvy Brazil that affixes to your …

Estimote Creator Talks About Building An “OS For The Physical World”

Estimote’s first prototype looked like a parrot. They designed it to sit in stores and count the humans entering and leaving the location and could register their paths through the aisles and even added analytics based on sex and purchasing patterns. In all, if you were a store owner, that weird …

Easily create your own Pebble watch face for free

The Pebble smart watch allows users to design and install custom watch faces and apps. But if you've ever thought about trying to design your own faces, only to find the Pebble developer site and learn it's not even close to a streamlined process, you're in luck.<p>A very kind developer has created a …

Ultra-thin e-skin could lead to advances in medicine, cool wearable computing (video)

Remember the names Martin Kaltenbrunner and Takao Someya -- that way, you'll have someone to blame when kids start pointing and laughing at gadgets we consider high-tech today. Leading a team of University of Tokyo researchers, they have recently developed a flexible, skin-like material that can …

Aireal: generating the sensation of physical contact in thin air

Aireal is a Disney Research/University of Illinois project that can generate the sensation of interacting with physical objects in thin air, by …

Three things you need to understand about 3D printing to talk about it intelligently

Several of the biggest brains in 3D printing joined Quartz for a discussion about the future of the technology at General Assembly in New York City on July 16. Here are the three most interesting things we learned.<p>1. Customization is effectively free with 3D printing<p>The upsides of 3D printing are …

New Ford 'Surveillance Mode' protects police when their car is approached from behind

Ford Motor, in collaboration with a company called Intermotive, has developed a new feature for its Interceptor police cars. The rear camera, normally only when when backing up, can now detect when a person is approaching the vehicle from the rear. When that happens, an alarm sounds and the car …

Nike+ Running iPhone App Gets Challenges to Race for Medals

Nike has added a new Nike+ Challenges feature to its iPhone app, allowing users to compete against their friends for medals.<p>Users create their own challenges, set a distance goal, and then invite friends. The app includes messaging capabilities so you can trash talk and/or encourage your fellow …